If you own an American flag, you are well aware of the symbolism of this national emblem: the stars in the field of blue that represent the union; the white stripes that convey purity and innocence; and the red stripes that symbolize the strength and valor of those who have fought for our country. Since the American flag is the representation of a living country, the US Flag Code states that it must always be treated like a living thing in every stage of its existence. Below, we describe your options on how to repair and dispose of a torn flag.



General care of the American flag